Established under the mandate of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) aims to improve the quality of higher education in Punjab. Instead of relying on the quantity of work, the central focus of PHEC is on enhancing the quality of education in existing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of Punjab. It is determined to provide an easy, affordable and equitable access to the higher education for the people of Punjab. Since its inception (January 2015) the PHEC aims to build a prosperous Punjab by equipping students of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) with adequate facilities and by incubating a market-oriented and skilled workforce through proposed skill-development projects. This initiative would pave the path for students to excel within their respective areas of profession.

PHEC is resolute in its commitment to bridge the divide in public and private higher education institutions by establishing educational benchmarks compatible with the imperatives of modern-day knowledge economy and developing a culture of rigorous pursuance thereof. In this regard, it has initiated several faculty development programs through which foreign scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships have been awarded to the deserving and competent faculty members of public sector HEIs in Punjab. The PHEC firmly believes and endeavours to strengthen existing assets and introduce new initiatives to bring higher education at par with modern needs. Increasing equitable access is a top priority of PHEC along with bringing improvement in academic standards, emphasizing focus on research relevant to the socio-economic needs of the province and introducing mandatory faculty development programs to improve teaching standards. The PHEC also intends to contribute towards the province’s economic agenda by creating a capable and employable workforce through the introduction of structural and technical skills programs in the academia.